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  1. 2 points
    Went my entire peds rotation in residency during winter without getting sick. The secret is Purell, Vitamin C, and delegating as much work as possible to other people.
  2. 2 points
    1) Graduating at 32: Not a problem at all. See above. 2) Switching careers: I did it. I'd probably do it again. However, everyone has a different background and different reasons. You mentioned: If that is your goal, medicine isn't the only answer. Only do it if there is nothing else you'd rather do. If you can derive any kind of joy and satisfaction from your current role or any role you can get with your qualifications, and achieve the goal quoted above, then I personally wouldn't make that switch. Income is a consideration, and having lost income through the opportunity cost is a definite drawback, but if there is nothing else you'd rather do, then go do it. I completely get it. P.S. Planning your life is hard in medical training, if not most things in life. Go be your best self and the rest will follow.
  3. 1 point
    Keep in mind that course-based MSc are not equivalent to thesis-based ones, so their value for certain things (applying for residency/jobs) isn't always as high. I know people who completed a one year course-based MSc in biochem from UWO who were told when trying to apply for PhDs at schools other than UWO that their MSc was invalid and they'd have to complete at least 1 year of a thesis-based MSc before even being eligible to transfer to a PhD program. You mentioned not leaving your current job until med, how would you complete even a course-based MSc while working? Are you only part time at your job?
  4. 1 point
    I wonder if a MSc in pharmacology would give you a tiny bit of an edge in applying to some residencies when the time comes. I think anesthesia has a pretty large pharmacology component. And obviously FM and IM + sub specialties too. I’m purely speculating here. It wouldn’t hurt you though.
  5. 1 point

    Interview Chance at UWO

    Congrats on the good DAT stats! I assume your GPA translates to ~89% so that's on par. The ABS looks good as long as you had a good explanation for your lack of shadowing. And I don't think you should worry about the OOP status. The reason it's so low is mostly because of the overwhelming amount of Ontario applicants paired with the fact that most OOP applicants will get into their IP school and thus not accept their UWO offer.
  6. 1 point

    GPA for international schools?

    It's been a while since you made this, but given the stats you posted on another thread, I really hope you don't jump the gun on Irish/Australian med schools even if you don't get in this cycle. You have a 3.96 GPA and 518 MCAT, which from a purely stats perspective, are enough to be competitive at most Canadian med schools. It's just about your extracurriculars and soft skills at this point, which can be improved upon if you don't already have them. Getting back to Canada for residency (even US now that DOs are in the same residency match as MDs) will be very difficult and you might have to make sacrifices if you fall in love with a very competitive specialty. It's not an easy path, and if your end goal is to practice medicine in North America, taking that extra year or two if you need it to get into a Canadian/US (if you can afford it) school will be worth it in the long run.
  7. 1 point
    Based on people I've talked to my guess is invites went out for those who applied to one of the rural streams
  8. 1 point
    at least 1 CTU letter can be very helpful but never heard of anyone getting red flagged for not getting one from your core.
  9. 1 point
    Everytime I'm on peds, I think I won't be one of those suckers that get sick.. but everytime, I get the worst viral URTI that last like 3-6weeks. Starts as rhinorrhea, then pharyngitis, then laryngitis with almost complete loss of voice, then residual cough for 2 weeks.. horrible. Haven't gotten gastros yet though.
  10. 1 point

    Bac biomed après biochimie

    C’est difficile d’être flexible dans ton choix de cours à cause des conflits d’horaire entre les cours des différentes années, en plus ils tiennent vrmt a ce qu’on fasse les cours dans l’ordre... moi je devais entrer en biomed avant d’être acceptée dans un choix supérieur et la tgde avait fait mon horaire vu que j’avais fait plusieurs cours en microbio... j’étais obligée de finir en 3 ans avec 2 ans de sessions à temps partiel
  11. 1 point
    Your MSI4 elective letter is probably worth more than your core MSI3 CTU/MTU/GIM rotation letter. Most i know didn't even get any letters from 3rd year core rotations.
  12. 1 point
    I'm yet to be convinced even Canadian LORs are all that relevant outside of the super competitive and niche fields.
  13. 1 point
    Discussed many times, read those "Confusing" posts, the information is there and not *that* confusing You can do it, if you're considering spending 300k+ on a USMD, you owe it to yourself to be informed as possible.
  14. 1 point

    Family Medicine Home School Invite only

    A lot of programs haven’t finished sending out invites yet for FM so there’s still time. Definitely stressful though!
  15. 1 point

    Opting out of Turnitin

    Only BPEs are put through turnitin. Your ABS essays are a part of the overall ABS review.
  16. 1 point

    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS

    Just called Ottawa and they said they only released some invites to a subset of candidates, the rest of the invites and rejections will be sent out tomorrow at 9am
  17. 1 point
    As others have said...timeline is well within reason and all of those are commonly done while training. Family medicine would be the easiest route. BUT....medicine is NOT glorious or filled with sunshine and rainbows. It is nothing like what we all pictured when we were young undergrads. You've already got a good thing going, so your opportunity cost is higher than most people. That just means you need to think harder about it then most people. I would also suggest shadowing as much as you can to get a sense of what it actually is, vs what we all think it is.
  18. 1 point

    non Grad 3.4 2yr wGPA?

    If the higher of the two GPAs that Queen's calculates (either cumulative or 2 most recent years) is a 3.4, your application will most likely not make it past the GPA and MCAT screening. Queen's admissions is sequential, meaning both your MCAT and GPA need to meet the cutoff for them to even open your application, so nothing in your application will even matter. For reference, UofT, which generally has an average of 3.96 for accepted students, will not consider applicants with lower than a 3.6. GPA is really fundamental, so if you don't meet it, there is nothing you can do to help your application other than raising your GPA. Grad students are generally given a GPA bump which is why you'll see some of them get in with undergrad GPAs in the 3.5/3.6 range, but they'll also have their grad school GPA in their application which are usually very high for these applicants (3.8/3.9 or higher). Now that you've added specifics about your GPA: Is your 3rd year GPA only from one semester? If you can keep it at that for next semester, as well as in your last year, your 2 year GPA will be good for Queen's. If you've applied this year as a third year applicant, I don't think you'll make it to file review.
  19. 1 point
    It may give you an extra point when applying to McMaster and it always looks good on a CV. Personally, I think admissions reviewers just like to see that you keep busy. Its impossible to compare different applications since no two people do the same thing. In exchange, i believe they just want to see you are doing something and a masters degree is always valuable time spent.
  20. 1 point

    MMI prep course?

    I have no direct experience, but will give my 2 cents anyways since no one else has answered. - a lot of MMI prep companies make wild promises. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. - MMI prep companies aren’t given any insider knowledge. Their knowledge only comes from familiarity with the system, which can be gained through this website and talking to others. The prep companies don’t have access to UBCs formula for scoring MMIs, they only make educated guesses on what makes a good candidate - the only people I know who paid for a prep company had already paid for MCAT prep (and got great scores) and had great overall applications. They were the type of people who did ‘whatever it took’ to get in and probably would have gotten in without prep. This can artificially inflate prep companies statistics on how many of their students get in. Overall, if you are an average speaker/interviewer, I think you can definitely prep on your own or with free prep groups that you can connect with through this forum. If you have public speaking anxiety or think you interview badly, a prep course may be worth it for you personally. i think other posters have already written on this subject, probably with more detail than me so check out other people’s opinions before making a decision
  21. 1 point

    Best and Worst thing about Alberta?

    Edmonton is a multi-cultural city primarily made up of blue-collar people, which is fantastic (esp. compared to Toronto and Vancouver) in that people really love to small talk, etc. That being said, we have an enormous university and a lot of government here, as well. Edmonton is not a place that you would come for a vacation (although there are plenty of gems), however it is a really great place to be if you are engaged in something, like work or school. Second sunniest city in Canada. Amazing river-valley network. Not too far from the Rockies. Great restaurant scene.
  22. 1 point
    Idk if I'm really in a position to answer your question, but the university admin/faculty should know that severe medical conditions can definitely impede academic performance, so I would think contacting the university and explaining your situation would be a good idea. Also depends how much your GPA veers from the average (2.0 is obviously not the same as a 3.5), how the school weighs their GPA (i.e. your improving trend could be beneficial for schools like Western perhaps(?) or other schools that scale later years if they exist).
  23. 1 point
    If you or anyone wants to have a look at what we did last year, the group is here https://www.facebook.com/groups/310025279516123
  24. 1 point
    I don't think we should feel as if the government is doing us a favour by partially funding medical studies. With the amount of taxes paid in this country, I don't see why our education should not be subsidized, considering that every single bachelor degree (including the ones that only get you a job at Starbucks) are subsidized by the taxpayer as well. Whats the point of someone being forced to work in a specialty that they won't enjoy? They'll likely do a crappy job and burn out faster leaving another void to be filled. Not to mention, being in a career/specialty that you hate can lead to mental health issues down the road. Need is also not as simple as made out to be. We have tons of orthopods that have finished residency, done multiple fellowships, and are unemployed. Is this because they aren't "needed"? No, they are very much needed with all the joint replacements required to improve people's QOL, but the funds are not being allocated to open up more OR times.
  25. 0 points
    TFW family med is this years derm lmao